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South Jersey’s newest food pantry opens to serve 8,000 residents

One local church is stepping up to answer their community’s call for help to keep their residents happy and healthy in the face of food insecurity.

Community members and leaders gathered at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Clarksboro Saturday to cut the ribbon on their new food pantry, and open their doors to new opportunities.

The St. Peter’s Community Pantry will be open every second and fourth Saturday of to all members of the community, regardless of income or religious affiliation. 


In Gloucester County alone, approximately 8,000 residents face food insecurity – 3,000 of them being children.

“Our food pantry here at St. Peters Community is so vital right now because there is just such a great food insecurity in our community, and we are really seeing that by people coming to churches and asking for help,” said Rev. M. Mantelle Bradley. “So we created this food pantry to make a real difference in our community and all the surrounding communities around us here in this area.”

For more information about the community pantry, or how to donate, visit St. Pete’s website.

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Pregnancy diet: Focusing on the do’s and don’ts for maternal health

By Dr. Sheetal Deshpande

Besides a flood of overwhelming emotions, pregnancy brings a lot of challenges for the mother during and after childbearing. While tender breasts, nausea, and fatigue are some of the issues an expecting mother faces, a set of dietary restrictions is required to accommodate the new life inside them. In the postpartum period, a new set of food items are suggested to fasten the pregnancy labor recovery and breastfeeding. C-section and normal delivery follow different routines as the former takes more time to recover from the surgery.

A woman’s diet during and after pregnancy plays a vital role in her and the baby’s overall well-being. Proper nutrition through seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products, whole grains, nuts and seeds is a must along with good mental health. It goes hand in hand. Let us understand some pivotal nutrition tips a pregnant mother must consider:

Foods that come with essential vitamins

Carrots, pumpkin, leafy veggies, sweet potato and a green palate (leafy vegetables) would suffice your routine vitamin intake. Vitamin A and potassium should be a part of daily meals. Bananas, Oranges, and Mangoes can help to fill the Vitamin C void and dairy products like buttermilk, yoghurt, and milk are great sources of Vitamin D. However, in terms of milk consumption only pasteurised milk should be preferred as the one that’s raw and yoghurt at times might contain harmful pathogens. Protein intake is another important requirement during pregnancy. Beans, lentils and other items suggested by the expert are perfect.

Prenatal vitamin supplements

Supplements with multivitamins and components like zinc are best for a prenatal vitamin source, especially those combined with folic acid. Supplements ensure that the mother meets the intake of essential minerals and vitamins. But this does not mean you are not supposed to take

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‘Adulterated food a major threat to public health’

'Adulterated food a major threat to public health'

Ensuring proper measurement of food and its ingredients is vital for maintaining food safety as millions of people suffer from illness by eating contaminated and adulterated foods every year.
Hazardous food has been adjudged as a major threat to public health in the present context, so emphasis should be given on adopting effective measures in this regard.
Administrative officials and business leaders came up with the observation while addressing a discussion on the issue here today.
Rajshahi divisional office of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutions (BSTI) organized the discussion at its conference hall to mark the World Metrology Day 2023.

Main theme of the day this year is ‘Advancing Measurement Technologies for Sustainable Development’.

Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi division Imtiaz Hossain addressed the discussion as chief guest with BSTI Deputy Director Engineer Saiful Islam in the chair.

President of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries Masudur Rahman, Vice-president of Bangladesh Petrol Pump Owners Association Abdul Awal Khan, Director of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Dr Selim Khan and BSTI Assistant Director Debbrata Biswash also spoke.

Additional Commissioner Imtiaz Hossain stressed the need for proper enforcement of the consumers’ rights protection act for protecting the consumer’s right as most of the consumers feel insecure especially in the retail markets and are deprived of proper measurement.
He called for forging social resistance against all sorts of manipulation, distortion, harassment and deception along with ensuring a healthy atmosphere in the marketplace.

Consumers’ rights in the developed nations focus on the right to information, choice, redress and representation, but we are deprived of such privileges, he added.


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